I've been reading about Nancy Soderberg's appearance on The Daily Show and the ensuing 'uproar' about her remarks, and it reminds me about something I've noticed regarding The Daily Show: the inside-the-Beltway crowd doesn't know how to take it. That is to say, they can't comprehend satire. They can't digest that a 'funny' show can simultaneously be a 'news' show, so they pigeonhole it as one or the other. For Soderberg's comments on The Daily Show, you have to start with an assumption that The Daily Show is a 'news' show.
But it isn't.
Taken in the context of a comedy show, her commentary is, well, bad comedy. But as satire-- this nebulous thing that politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle seem genetically predispositioned to not be able to understand-- it's 'snarky'. And that's a key difference between broad comedy and satire: Comedy makes fun of a particulars of a situation; Satire makes fun of the opinions of a situation. By definition, neither takes opinionated peoples' opinions seriously. That's a key function of comedy and has been since the days of the court jester-- really, in fact, the entire point of a court jester.
And then as now, opinionated people hate it when they're not taken seriously.
This phenomena was most obvious during the now legendary appearance of Jon Stewart on Crossfire, during which Stewart refused to take either Paul Begala or Tucker Carlson seriously. And some might say, well, he was booked as a comedian so he should have been funny. And I would say, no. He was booked as a comedian, so he did precisely what any good does: used comedy as a vehicle to speak truth. Watch the piece closely; he is clearly serious about his intent but starts out delivering it with a funny angle until Begala and Carlson start in on the 'I thought you were supposed to be funny' harangue.
The most holy function of comedy is to speak truth where truth is not present. It is a holy burning sacrament, people, and it shall make you free. And whereever there are pundits bloviating, there are billowing clouds of mistruths and a need for the sweet salvation of satire.